Vasconcellea palandensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Vasconcellea palandensis
Species Authority: (V.M.Badillo, Van den Eynden & Van Damme) V.M.Badillo
Common Name(s):
Spanish Papaillo
Carica palandensis V.M.Badillo, Van den Eynden & Van Damme

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Romero-Saltos, H. & Pitman, N.
Reviewer(s): Valencia, R., Pitman, N., Léon-Yánez, S. & Jørgensen, P.M. (Ecuador Plants Red List Authority)
A treelet endemic to Ecuador where it is known from a single population in the Andes of Zamora province. Described from recent collections in forest remnants in the Parroquia de Palanda. The only known population is threatened by severe deforestation and timber extraction. Not known to occur inside protected areas but may be present in the Parque Nacional Podocarpus. Since its dioecious condition may affect the species' conservation status, a study of local population size and frequencies of masculine and female plants study is encouraged. Although the endocarp is edible, the species is not cultivated. In Van den Eynden (1999) the species is mentioned as Carica sp. nov. ined.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Vasconcellea palandensis is endemic to Ecuador. It is known only from one population in Zamora-Chinchipe province.
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Low Andean forest (1,790–1,850 m).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The only known population is threatened by severe deforestation and timber extraction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Not known to occur within any protected areas.

Citation: Romero-Saltos, H. & Pitman, N. 2003. Vasconcellea palandensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 30 August 2015.
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